Oregon Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Filed by Horse

A judge has tossed a lawsuit filed by animal rights activists in the name of a once-neglected horse, finding that animals don't have a right to sue.

Posted: Sep 18, 2018 10:56 AM
Updated: Sep 18, 2018 11:00 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has tossed a lawsuit filed by animal rights activists in the name of a once-neglected horse, finding that animals don't have a right to sue.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports in doing so, Washington County Pro Tem Judge John Knowles on Monday refused to become the first judge in the nation to grant a non-human legal standing to sue.


An abused horse in Oregon is suing its former owner for $100,000. (CNN)

Lawyers from the Animal Legal Defense Fund had urged Knowles to let the 8-year-old horse sue for lifelong costs of medical care after the horse was discovered in March 2017 covered in lice, 300 pounds underweight and with frostbitten genitals.

Its former owner, Gwendolyn Vercher of Cornelius, was convicted of animal neglect and paid some $3,700 in restitution.

Lawyer Matthew Liebman argued that animals are sentient beings and noted that animals can be listed as "victims" of neglect or abuse in criminal cases.


CLICK HERE for NewsWatch 12's previous story on Justice the horse and his lawsuit.

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